After all of the hard work that you have done in the past days, months, years, you deserve time off. You should get what you deserve. And you deserve to travel.
Kon’nichiwa, where do you plan to travel? Thailand would be a great choice right now; they have offered a lot to travelers now that the travel restrictions are easing.
Thailand Travel Restrictions
Currently, there are two travel restrictions for travelers from Japan.
“No Quarantine” Sandbox Program
In this program, fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter Thailand without hotel quarantine. In this program, Japanese citizens will be allowed to travel to Phuket and Samui without quarantine. They are required to stay in a Sandbox Hotel for at least 7 nights.
They are allowed to leave the hotel premises as long as they are still within the Sandbox location or island.
There are 4 Sandbox locations open as of the moment. You can choose:
After completing your 7-night stay in an SHA+ hotel, you will be given a Release Form and you are allowed to travel to other parts of Thailand such as Bangkok, Pattaya or Chiang Mai.
In this program, travelers who are not qualified to travel under Phuket or Samui Sandbox, are required to stay in an ASQ Hotel or Quarantine Hotel. Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Bangkok are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 7 days and 10 days for unvaccinated travelers.
Entry Requirements for Japanese Citizens
Even with easing restrictions, Thailand is still strict and is specific with the requirements to be able to enter Thailand. So, as much as possible, please take note of the needed requirements.
1. Thai Visa for Japanese Citizens
Japan is a Visa Exempt Country so Japanese citizens are allowed to enter Thailand without a visa and they are allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days for the purpose of tourism.
To stay for more than 30 days, you are required to apply for an appropriate visa based on the purpose of travel.
Here are the types of Thai visas you can apply for:
- Special Tourist Visa (STV)
- Tourist Visa (TR)
- Non-immigrant B visa for business and employment
- Non-Immigrant O visa for family members
- Thai Elite Visa valid for 5, 10 or 20 years
If you decide to stay for more than a year or more than 5 years, Thailand Elite Visa would be best for you. Thailand Elite Visa is a privilege multiple entry visa. To know more about the Elite Visa read here.
You can submit the visa applications at the Royal Thai Embassy and Consulates located in Japan:
- Royal Thai Embassy, Tokyo located at 3-14-6, Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
- Royal Thai Consulate-General, Osaka located at 〒541-0056 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Kyutaromachi, 1 Chome−9−16 バンコック銀行ビル４階
- Royal Thai Consulate-General, Fukuoka located at 2nd Floor Dai Ichi Myojo, 4-1-37, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 810-0001
For inquiries about visa applications, you can contact 03-5789-2433 or reach them by sending them an email through email@example.com.
If you have applied and have already obtained a visa, you are ready to apply for entry in Thailand.
2. Book your Flight, Hotel and COVID Insurance
Flights to Thailand from Japan
Fly from Japan to Thailand now! Airlines with available flights from Japan to Thailand are listed below:
- JAL (Japan Airline)
- Thai Airways
- All Nippon Airways (ANA)
- Singapore Airlines
- Hong Kong Express
Please note that if you are to travel to Phuket for the Phuket Sandbox, choose flights that have no transit flight in Bangkok.
Book your ASQ Quarantine Hotel
If you have chosen the hotel quarantine program, you will have to book an accredited ASQ Hotel for 7 or 10 nights, where you are not allowed to leave your hotel room. Do not worry, the hotel will provide you with your necessities.
Book your SHA+ Sandbox Hotel
If you have chosen the Sandbox program, you will have to book an accredited SHA+ Hotel for a minimum of 7 nights, where you are allowed to leave the hotel room as long as you are still within the Sandbox location.
You can do any activities here, go for a swim, go out to dine with your partner, anything as long as you are abiding by the rules.
Reminder: You are only allowed to travel to other Thailand destinations after you have completed the required days of stay.
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Purchase your COVID-19 Insurance
As part of your safety, while you stay in Thailand, you will need COVID-19 travel insurance or medical insurance specifically for COVID-19 in case travelers will get infected.
The COVID-19 insurance should have a minimum coverage of US$100,000 that will cover:
- Medical expenses (for hospitals, medications, professionals, etc.)
- Life insurance
- Unexpected expenses (like missing flights, loss of baggage, etc.)
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3. Obtain a Thailand Pass
Every traveler to Thailand is required to obtain a Thailand Pass. The processing time for the Thailand Pass is 5 to 7 days. You can apply for the Thailand Pass through this web portal https://tp.consular.go.th/. The application for the Thailand Pass is free-of-charge. However, there may be instances where some individuals voluntarily choose a paid service provider such as a law firm to assist you with the application. You may check the services offered by Siam Legal.
4. Obtain COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Result
In entering Thailand, you will need to provide proof that you have a negative result from the COVID-19 RT-PCR test such as a medical certificate. The test must be taken not over 72 hours before the scheduled flight departs.
5. Prepare the Required Documents
It is apparent that there are already a lot of documents to bring. It is just right to prepare the needed documents, including other documents, and organize them.
Here is the list of required documents for you to bring, this will serve as your checklist:
- T8 Health Form
- Thailand Pass
- Valid Thai Visa or Re-entry permit (if required)
- Valid Passport with at least 6 months validity
- COVID-19 Insurance Certificate
- Confirmed Booked ASQ Hotel or SHA+ Hotel
- Confirmed Flight Itinerary
- Certificate of Vaccination or Proof of Vaccination
- Medical Certificate with COVID-19 result
- Install the Thailand Plus App